Launch of Peace Jobs at Columbus, OH CRE Conference in June

By: David J. Smith, May 6, 2016


The official launch of my book Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace will take place at the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE), June 8-13, 2016 at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Registration information for the conference is here.

On Friday, June 10 during the 1:00-2:30 p.m. workshop period (location to be determined) I will talk about my book. Including:

  • Considering strategies that undergraduates and high schoolers can use to pursue their first job in the field
  • Examining the difference between “direct action” and “indirect action” jobs
  • Sharing some of the 30 profiles of young professional working in the field who are featured in the book
  • Looking at some of the organizations featured in the book that hire young professionals

The book will be sold after the session for those interested in acquiring a copy.

The table of contents of the book:

Peace Education Series Introduction, Laura Finley and Robin Cooper Preface.Acknowledgments. CHAPTER 1. What is a Peace Job? CHAPTER 2. Preparing for and Finding a Peace Job. CHAPTER 3. Peacebuilding Careers in Diplomacy.CHAPTER 4. Enforcing Peace and Justice Through Human Rights and Law.CHAPTER 5. Working in Conflict: NGO, IGO, Humanitarian, and Military Careers. CHAPTER 6. Teaching About Peace and Conflict. CHAPTER 7.Activism: Social Justice and Environmental Action. CHAPTER 8. A Healing Approach: Health, Community, and Faith-Based Strategies. CHAPTER 9.Creating Peace: The Arts, Science, Technology, and Media. CHAPTER 10.Pursuing Peacebuilding Education. APPENDIX A: 86 Peace Jobs for College Grads. APPENDIX B: Peace Jobs Glossary. APPENDIX C: Peace Jobs Career Resources. APPENDIX D: Additional Readings. About the Author.

Endorsements of the book include:

The 30 profiles and other examples of career options across disciplines in Peace Jobs should be a required resource for all high school and college career offices. Packed with valuable realistic examples of how students, from a wide array of backgrounds, connected their passion with a paid career, it answers the ever present question “but what job can I get in peacebuilding”?

Jennifer Batton
Co-Chair, Peace Education Working Group and Chair, North America, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
Coordinator, International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education

If changing the world is your calling, David Smith offers the guiding framework to channel passions and talents into meaningful employment. In Peace Jobs, millennials and others can discover ways to apply their social conscience to traditional and transformative career opportunities.

Tony Jenkins, PhD
Director, Peace Education Initiative, The University of Toledo
Managing Director, International Institute on Peace Education
Coordinator, Global Campaign for Peace Education

If you will not be at the CRE Conference, and would still like to order a copy of the book, you can do so here.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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